Interspersed with studio chatter, radio promos, live recordings, alternate versions, backing tracks, remixes and individual band members introducing cuts, this aural biography is a collector's potpourri, following up on a similar culling of the vaults in Endless Harmony. The title becomes prophetic on disc one, where you can hear the once-and-future Boys rehearsing their first single, "Surfin'" in the family home on 9th Street in Hawthorne, as well as take their first stabs at the Four Freshman harmonies blended with doo-wop onomatopoeia that would become their vocal trademark. The radio promo for disc jockey Murray the K, directed by their father, Murry, is only one of many undiscovered jewels in this collection, as well as hearing the stark tracks from the Party! album without overdubbed soiree noises, and, most astonishingly of all, the group harmonizing "The Lord's Prayer." Truly.
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